Stories from Austra-Link

MOTHER OF AN ALCOHOLIC

Al-Anon is my life-saver. I couldn’t solve the issues with my son. He was a teenager with so much going for him, however, his behaviour was incomprehensible.  He dropped out of school. He threatened suicide. I couldn’t understand why and tried everything possible to fix the situation but things just kept getting worse. In desperation, after a series of events had brought me to my rock-bottom, I was told that I needed Al-Anon. I had never heard of it but was willing to try.

Initially I was amazed how honestly members shared about their experiences and for the first time I felt a glimmer of hope as I had believed that I was to blame for my son’s problems. It was such a relief for me to learn that I hadn’t caused my son’s alcoholism, I couldn’t cure it and I couldn’t control it. I wasn’t alone anymore. I had found people who understood what I was going through and offered me the emotional support that I had been searching for.  I heard laughter at the meetings. There hadn’t been laughter or joy in my life for many years. I learned to put the focus on myself as I am the only one that I have any control over.

Initially, I found it very difficult to step back out of his life as I was consumed with worry, guilt and anxiety. Since handing my son over to his own Higher Power, my life has improved. I don’t get involved or pry into his life. I am now free to enjoy the interactions that we have together.

 

Thank you to Al-Anon for a new and simpler way of dealing with life on life’s terms, not mine.                     

- Anonymous